Period
to 22 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Acceptance Criteria over the 6 months to 22 September 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Acceptance Criteria
England > South West
6 months to
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 151 147 186
Rank change year-on-year -4 +39 +7
Contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria 57 52 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.98% 0.95% 0.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.14% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 34 17
South West median daily rate £350 £375 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -9.09% +19.57%
10th Percentile £213 £302 £300
90th Percentile £525 £465 £543
England median daily rate £463 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +5.71% +2.94% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
South West median hourly rate - - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £36.50 £39.37
% change year-on-year +23.29% -7.29% +12.65%

Acceptance Criteria is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,959 4,556 4,792
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.09% 83.17% 81.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,072 2,882 3,179
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £256 £245
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £465 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 231 183 269
South West median hourly rate £41.85 £38.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.69% +10.00% -5.41%
10th Percentile £11.45 £12.79 £12.67
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £20.90 £23.14 £22.84
% change year-on-year -9.70% +1.31% +3.82%

Acceptance Criteria
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Acceptance Criteria as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West over the 6 months to 22 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Acceptance Criteria in the South West

Acceptance Criteria
Contract Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Acceptance Criteria within the South West region over the 6 months to 22 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +10 28 £350 -6.67% 8
Gloucestershire +2 10 £413 +31.47% 2
Wiltshire -3 7 £475 +19.50% 5
Dorset +3 6 £300 - 1
Devon +7 2 £350 -24.20% 1
Cornwall - 1 £300 -
Acceptance Criteria
England

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Acceptance Criteria also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for Acceptance Criteria.

1 48 (84.21%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (42.11%) Analytical Skills
3 23 (40.35%) User Stories
3 23 (40.35%) Test Automation
4 22 (38.60%) Scrum
5 19 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
6 17 (29.82%) QA
7 16 (28.07%) Selenium
7 16 (28.07%) Business Analysis
8 14 (24.56%) JIRA
8 14 (24.56%) Workflow
8 14 (24.56%) Microsoft
8 14 (24.56%) ISEB
9 13 (22.81%) SDLC
10 12 (21.05%) SQL
11 10 (17.54%) Management Information System
11 10 (17.54%) HTML
11 10 (17.54%) Oracle
11 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
11 10 (17.54%) Windows
12 9 (15.79%) PowerShell
12 9 (15.79%) CMS
12 9 (15.79%) Content Management
13 8 (14.04%) WMI
13 8 (14.04%) Security Cleared
13 8 (14.04%) Test Scripting
13 8 (14.04%) Degree
13 8 (14.04%) WCAG
13 8 (14.04%) Drupal
13 8 (14.04%) VBScript

Acceptance Criteria
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (15.79%) CMS
2 8 (14.04%) Confluence
2 8 (14.04%) Drupal
3 6 (10.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (8.77%) Apache Qpid
Applications
1 7 (12.28%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (10.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
1 1 (1.75%) Teamcenter
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.51%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.26%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (5.26%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
2 3 (5.26%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
2 3 (5.26%) Crystal Reports
2 3 (5.26%) Relational Database
2 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.75%) Lumira
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.75%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 16 (28.07%) Selenium
2 14 (24.56%) JIRA
3 8 (14.04%) SoapUI
3 8 (14.04%) WebDriver
4 7 (12.28%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (10.53%) Git (software)
6 5 (8.77%) Jenkins
6 5 (8.77%) Maven
7 4 (7.02%) Cucumber
7 4 (7.02%) NUnit
8 3 (5.26%) JUnit
8 3 (5.26%) SpecFlow
8 3 (5.26%) Visual Studio
9 2 (3.51%) JIRA Agile
9 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio Team System
10 1 (1.75%) TeamCity
General
1 8 (14.04%) Finance
2 2 (3.51%) Retail
3 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.75%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.75%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 33 (57.89%) Analyst
2 23 (40.35%) Business Analyst
3 11 (19.30%) Tester
4 10 (17.54%) Test Analyst
5 9 (15.79%) Software Tester
6 8 (14.04%) Agile Business Analyst
7 7 (12.28%) Technical Analyst
7 7 (12.28%) Technical Business Analyst
8 5 (8.77%) Automation Test Analyst
9 4 (7.02%) Developer
9 4 (7.02%) Digital Analyst
9 4 (7.02%) Digital Business Analyst
9 4 (7.02%) Digital Transformation Business Analyst
9 4 (7.02%) Transformation Analyst
10 3 (5.26%) Business Test Analyst
10 3 (5.26%) Pensions Analyst
10 3 (5.26%) Pensions Business Analyst
10 3 (5.26%) SC Cleared Business Analyst
11 2 (3.51%) Agile Test Analyst
11 2 (3.51%) Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (17.54%) HTML
2 6 (10.53%) Gherkin
2 6 (10.53%) REST
3 5 (8.77%) Kafka
3 5 (8.77%) RabbitMQ
3 5 (8.77%) SOAP
4 2 (3.51%) .NET
5 1 (1.75%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.75%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.75%) jQuery
5 1 (1.75%) JSON
5 1 (1.75%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 24 (42.11%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (17.54%) Management Information System
3 5 (8.77%) Computer Science
4 4 (7.02%) User Experience
5 2 (3.51%) Fintech
5 2 (3.51%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.75%) Blog
6 1 (1.75%) FMCG
6 1 (1.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (17.54%) Windows
2 1 (1.75%) CentOS
2 1 (1.75%) Fedora
2 1 (1.75%) Linux
2 1 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.75%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (84.21%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (40.35%) Test Automation
2 23 (40.35%) User Stories
3 22 (38.60%) Scrum
4 19 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
5 16 (28.07%) Business Analysis
6 14 (24.56%) Workflow
7 13 (22.81%) SDLC
8 9 (15.79%) Content Management
9 8 (14.04%) API Testing
9 8 (14.04%) Test Scripting
10 6 (10.53%) Build Automation
10 6 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (10.53%) Process Improvement
11 5 (8.77%) Benchmarking
11 5 (8.77%) Business Process Improvement
11 5 (8.77%) Data Analysis
11 5 (8.77%) Exploratory Testing
11 5 (8.77%) Software Engineering
11 5 (8.77%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (21.05%) SQL
2 9 (15.79%) PowerShell
3 8 (14.04%) VBScript
4 6 (10.53%) Python
5 5 (8.77%) C#
5 5 (8.77%) Perl
6 4 (7.02%) T-SQL
7 3 (5.26%) PHP
8 1 (1.75%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.75%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (24.56%) ISEB
2 8 (14.04%) Degree
2 8 (14.04%) Security Cleared
3 5 (8.77%) Computer Science Degree
3 5 (8.77%) ISTQB
3 5 (8.77%) Master's Degree
3 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (1.75%) CCNA
5 1 (1.75%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.75%) CISSP
5 1 (1.75%) CompTIA Security+
5 1 (1.75%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.75%) MCSE
5 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.75%) SSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (29.82%) QA
2 8 (14.04%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 8 (14.04%) WMI
2 6 (10.53%) Ansible
2 6 (10.53%) Puppet
3 5 (8.77%) Nagios
3 5 (8.77%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.75%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 14 (24.56%) Microsoft
2 10 (17.54%) Oracle
3 4 (7.02%) SAP
4 1 (1.75%) HP
4 1 (1.75%) JDA
4 1 (1.75%) Red Hat